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dog walk training
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:52 am
My dog (Labrador Retriever 2 yr) while on a walk pulls his leash very strongly. I have read that dog energy should be wasted before taking him outside if your dog is very excited. is it right or not is not what should I do to make him learn heel walk.
Re: dog walk training
Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:53 pm
What kind of collar do you use? Each dog will be different. I've had dogs that walk just fine on a harness or collar, but our current lab Scooby needs a prong collar. If you look into a prong collar look into getting one with more prongs, ie: smaller prongs. It has more points of contact. I would stay away from choke chains, because you can injure the dog to easily and it doesn't stop them from pulling.
A 2yr old lab will have lots of energy. If you have a fenced in area try playing ball or soccer with them. Something to get them moving and burning off energy.
Re: dog walk training
Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:00 am
If you do not have a private yard or garden, make sure your dog urinates and defecates before you begin your walk. Thus, the walk becomes a reward for doing the right thing in the right place at the right time. Otherwise, when you terminate an enjoyable walk after your dog has done her duty, you end up punishing her for eliminating. Your dog might then start delaying elimination to prolong his walks.
Put your puppy on-leash, leave the house, and then stand still and let the pup circle and sniff. Give her four or five minutes. If she doesn't perform, go back indoors and try again later. Keep your pup in her short-term confinement area for the interim. If your puppy does go within the allotted time, praise her profusely, reward her with a dog treat, say, "Walkies," and off you go. You'll find a simple "no feces = no walk" policy quickly produces a speedy defecator.
There are additional benefits to teaching your dog to eliminate prior to a walk. Clearing up the mess and depositing it in your own trash is much more convenient than a mid-walk cleanup. Walking an empty dog empty-handed is also generally more relaxing than walking a dog and lugging around a bag of dog doo doo.
Take a few time-outs on each walk. Do not rush your young dog through the environment. Give your dog ample opportunity to relax and watch the world go by. A stuffed Kong will help her settle down quickly and calmly each time you stop.
Never take your dog's even temperament for granted. The great outdoors can be a scary place, and there will be the occasional surprise to spook your pooch. The best approach is to prevent these problems. Handfeeding your dog her dinner on walks helps her form positive associations with people, other dogs, and traffic. Offer your dog a piece of kibble every time a car, big truck, or noisy motorcycle goes by. Offer your dog a couple of pieces of kibble every time another dog or person passes. Praise your dog and offer a treat whenever she greets another dog or person in a friendly fashion. Praise your dog and offer three tasty treats whenever a child approaches. And when a child whizzes by on a skateboard or dirt bike, handfeed her the whole bag of food.
Should someone wish to meet your dog, first show them how to use kibble to lure/reward her to come and sit. Ask the stranger to offer the kibble only after your dog sits to say hello. From the outset, teach your dog to always sit when meeting and greeting people.
Re: dog walk training
Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:15 am
I disagree with making your dog go to the bathroom before walking. The point of walking should be to be enjoyable and not to eliminate, but should the dog be backed up or not ready to go then you are punishing the dog for not going by not taking him for their walk until they eliminate, especially with a puppy or new dog in your house. You may not have the yard to let them off leash and walking makes dogs poop. If you are having a hard time training your dog to go outside taking it back in and out all the time doesn't give positive reinforcement to go outside. They are more likely to keep having accidents inside. Also when you have to be at work at a certain time you can't wait to the dog to feel like pooping, you teach them the routine that fits both your schedules. Ours dogs go out after work before dinner to do their business, but if we still go for a walk a little after dinner they have the chance of going again and it usually happens half way or later through our walks, which means the walking made them go, no amount of standing outside would have made them go and would you not take them for a walk just because they didn't go right before a walk?
Take bags along on your walk, praise them when they do eliminate, and don't stop a walk right after they finish. Always make sure to praise them and tell them good poop or good pee. When we got Scooby we didn't know if he was house trained, we didn't have a fenced in yard, and having him stand outside wasn't producing any results. I started letting him out on a long leash to urinate right after getting up and then taking him for a walk around our larger block after I showered so he could take care of the rest and have some morning exercise. After a while he would just doing both when I let him out the first time and he still continued to get his walk. He has never once had an accident in the house except when he was sick and you can tell him to go poop or pee and if he has to he will do it.
Puppies should just be let outside often to make sure they don't have accidents in the house.
Labs as a group are very intelligent and will usually catch on quickly if you are consistent in your training.